Sail Date: June 2018
We went on this cruise to celebrate our daughter graduating high school! I am actually torn between a 3.5 and a 3.0...but I have to do a 3.0 First, the good parts. It was short. Catalina was amazing. Ensenada was pretty cool too, ... Read More
We went on this cruise to celebrate our daughter graduating high school! I am actually torn between a 3.5 and a 3.0...but I have to do a 3.0 First, the good parts. It was short. Catalina was amazing. Ensenada was pretty cool too, but we all loved Catalina the best. What did we do on Catalina? We rented the golf carts for 3 hours. So fun and the best thing to do. After that, we went to town, shopped, and had the BEST LUNCH EVER at the Lobster Trap. Omgosh, it was so good! You just can't go wrong with this place. In Ensenada, my husband picked a "resort"...which was basically a hotel with some fake sand. We spent a few hours..the pool was not heated and again, it was a fake beach. But, we made the best of it. We then went into town and had a great lunch at the El Corralito. So much food and really yummy too. You for sure want to split here. Now, on to the ship. It is a little run down, not horrible, but pretty dated. They have no control over kids. We had a family of like 30 on our floor and the kids were allowed to constantly run around and treat the halls as a playroom. I just really believe staff should nip this. If I need to sneak away and take a nap in MY ROOM, I should be able to without kids running up and down the hall. Some parents suck. Staff needs to monitor the halls better. The food has really gone downhill. We went on Carnival cruises in 2011, 2012, and 2014. Food was really pretty good. However, starting with our 2017 cruise, and now our 2018...not so good. Actually pretty awful. Just feel like the quality has "left the ship". Three people in our group actually had mold on their tortillas. :( They did right and gave those three people a steak dinner the next night...but still...eww. After a 4 night cruise, I was ready to be done with the food. Overall, it is a decent cruise. Short but sweet. Not too long. The ports are fun and cool. Great get away. If you can handle the negatives. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2018
We wanted to do something with our two college grads and our 17 year old son as well that would be fun as a family and different from other things we had done. I had always wanted to go on a cruise, but I worried that my wife would not ... Read More
We wanted to do something with our two college grads and our 17 year old son as well that would be fun as a family and different from other things we had done. I had always wanted to go on a cruise, but I worried that my wife would not like it and I did not want to be in stuck on a weeklong cruise if she hated it. A three day cruise did not require lots of days from work and it sounded like a good trial cruise. We purchases FTF and it was totally worth it. People were getting upset when I would walk to the front of the line at Guest Services. Debarkation was a bit better as well. The food was so-so. I would describe it as Casino food. It looked amazing, but tastes a bit plasticky. We ate a ton of it and I'm sure gained some pounds. It was fun eating and not worrying about where we would eat etc. Having your room, restaurants, entertainment, etc all travel with you is interesting and cool. All in all, it was a blast. It was expensive as we all needed passports and we purchased an expensive photo package. But we invested in our family and it helped to bond us all together and that is what we were looking for. So it was a huge success. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2018
We went for 3 nights. Dining was great. The chef offered us great meals. Service was great in the dining area. They had different cuisines options as well. We loved Mexican food counter. Pizza was ok not that great but not that great. some ... Read More
We went for 3 nights. Dining was great. The chef offered us great meals. Service was great in the dining area. They had different cuisines options as well. We loved Mexican food counter. Pizza was ok not that great but not that great. some of the waiters and waitress were so helpful. We didn't have fun doing other activities. But night shows were great. People loved Bingo a lot. They stopped on Ensenada. It was not that great place to roam around. We loved cove other than else in Ensenada nothing to see or enjoy for the people who don't drink. We liked gym as well. They had enough types of equipment. Sports park was also good. Water fun what they offer on internet and water fun, in reality, is different. don't go with lots of expectations because what you see on the website looks more exotic than reality. But we enjoy alot for 2 days. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: May 2018
Waiters were excellent especially JayJay Pasaron, Wayan, Made Dwi they’re all accommodating and very good service!!! Even our cabin crew were all helpful in everything that we need. The Divas had an excellent shows that we really ... Read More
Waiters were excellent especially JayJay Pasaron, Wayan, Made Dwi they’re all accommodating and very good service!!! Even our cabin crew were all helpful in everything that we need. The Divas had an excellent shows that we really really loved .We never get hungry because there are always food ready for everyone. Overall we’re really satisfied with everything. A very memorable experience for a first timers like us. We will highly recommend this cruise to our friends and families . Matey was entertaining overall he’s a very good cruise Director. The photos were all very good we really want to buy all of them but we run out of budget. All the souvenirs that we bought were all nice to give away for our families and friends. The only downside was we all gained weight , the food were all good lots of choices, and the serving of dinners were all just the right amount. So overall excellent!!! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2018
this was a gift from my son and daughter=in=law. i am 71 and had always wanted to go on a cruise, so it was a birthday and mothers day gift The crew and service was wonderful and friendly .it was always clean and neat. The cruise itself ... Read More
this was a gift from my son and daughter=in=law. i am 71 and had always wanted to go on a cruise, so it was a birthday and mothers day gift The crew and service was wonderful and friendly .it was always clean and neat. The cruise itself was smooth. all the entertainment was fun. My best time as spent talking and meeting the cruise director MATEY. He was a very fun guy and just a wonderful.young man all together. The highlight of my trip. Thank you ll so much for such a fabulous first cruise.....As far as encinata goes, all we did ws go to see the blowhole and a giant fleamarket, that was expensive and hard on my old feet. that is all we did. i would have enjoyed ship entertainment much more. its what the kids wanted to do though. gain thank you MATEY for making my first cruise a happy one.. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2018
The crew was great! This ship is worn out and out dated. Not worth the money being paid for a four day cruise! Poor up keep and loud. Carnival is just sucking the money out of this ship. I guess it would be okay if you were drunk alll the ... Read More
The crew was great! This ship is worn out and out dated. Not worth the money being paid for a four day cruise! Poor up keep and loud. Carnival is just sucking the money out of this ship. I guess it would be okay if you were drunk alll the time on board. The cruise director was good and funny. Long Beach port is bad and under staff. Back to ship, very poor information on getting around on ship. Carnival wants your money. Stay out of the casino at all costs. The sail and sign accounts they make you have, gets charge for everything that carnival wants. The beverage packages have an automatic 15% gradutiy no matter what and they do not tell you that you still have to pay tax on the all drinks. Top notch restaurant staff and fun. That was the very few positive points that this ship had. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2018
Ok, I'm just gonna go category-by-category so I don't forget anything: SHIP: This ship legit looked like it was straight out of 1992--and not in a cool nostalgic kind of way. It is dated. Really dated. And it smells. My friends and I ... Read More
Ok, I'm just gonna go category-by-category so I don't forget anything: SHIP: This ship legit looked like it was straight out of 1992--and not in a cool nostalgic kind of way. It is dated. Really dated. And it smells. My friends and I narrowed it down to this list of rotating odors that waft throughout the ship at any given time: cigarettes, farts, garbage or some other unpleasant smell we couldn't identify. The pool was a weird shade of green that looked like algae... I didn't get in once(and I usually swim like a fish). A part of the ship that was GOOD was the Serentiy Adults Only deck. The only complaint here though, is that the hot tubs were dirty. Like, the water left a weird brown residue on my bikini and my friends' bikinis as well. Gross. The Pride Dining Room was ok. Entrees were hit or miss; ultimately the best meal I had all week was the filet mignon that I had to pay an extra $20 for. CABIN: It was fine.... a typical indoor room. Only issue here was there wasn't a fridge! Also, our bathroom had all sorts of little gnats/flies flying around the top of the bathroom and dozens of dead bugs were above the door, in the corner of the ceiling and on the floor as well. Kinda gross. EMBARKATION/MUSTER: Embarkation was the best I've ever seen! Super fast, my room was ready within 10 minutes of me getting on the ship and our luggage wasn't too far behind! So that was great. The muster drill, however, was the slowest, longest muster I've seen. I don't understand why it took so long on such a small ship that wasn't even full, but it took FOREVER. DISEMBARKATION: I walked myself off and it was fine. ENTERTAINMENT: "If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all." CREW: Great crew! I love how Carnival crew members call everyone by name. It's such a great touch, and so much better than being called "Miss", "Ma'am" or "Madame". SPA/FITNESS CENTER: Spa was pretty good. Got a great deal on a sea day for a massage and I really enoyed it! it was very good!! The fitness center was fine, just a bit small. But I never had to wait for equipment! I traveled in a group of 7 women who were on a Girl's Trip. All of us are in our mid 20s to mid 30s. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2018
I chose this cruise as this wasn't the first time taking this trip. I must say after completing this cruise, my sister & I were highly disappointed in the level of quality/service/food provided. Here is a quick breakdown of events in ... Read More
I chose this cruise as this wasn't the first time taking this trip. I must say after completing this cruise, my sister & I were highly disappointed in the level of quality/service/food provided. Here is a quick breakdown of events in order: - Arrived on the boat with the "Faster to the fun option", which ensures our room is ready upon boarding the ship. The room was cleaned up, however the request was for the beds to be seperated and it was not. I approached the Steward and was advised that I can wait till the evening for the beds to be seperated. Now after a 5 hour drive to get to the ship, we really wanted to take a quick nap so that answer was not acceptable. I went over to guest services to voice my concern and about 15 minutes later the steward took care of the issue and for the rest of the cruise handled our room much better. -After resting, my sister and I decided to have some lunch on the Lido deck and that was a mistake. All the food was cold/dry and really inedible. Pizza was worse than frozen options at the grocery store. Sandwiches were burnt and poorly made and then the buffet items were cold/dry and poorly flavored(was no flavor). Needless to say, the lack of quality tasting/edible food continued throughout the entire trip. The only edible food was from Guy Fieri's Burger Station. Eating hamburgers wasn't expected but I mean people on the show "Survivor" were eating better than we were. - Signed up for the Soda package for unlimited drinks, which did save us money. The issue I have with the program is you can only go to the bar to get the drink, which is poorly located with the food stations. Plus, the cans are left out all day and the cups used are warm, so the ice melts quickly and you have to stop over by the normal beverage station for more ice. I'm not an ice tea drinker, the free beverage option wasn't good for me. My sister does drink Ice tea and declined the soda option at first, but after she started drinking the tea, she said the tea tasted really watered down and not good, so she ended up signing up for the soda package instead. - As far as activities go, the trivia was nice along with the bingo. Bingo is expensive based on the option selected, however the bingo host was funny and kept the game interactive. The final sea day was setup with large gaps in between activities, which really wasn't fun for us as the downtime options are either to go to the Casino and lose your money, drink alcohol to kill the time or sleep. I could keep going, but all in all after our family has done over 10 trips with Carnival, this will be our last one. I understand getting what you pay for, however the food should be edible, the service should be good throughout and when you pay extra to have your room ready upon arrival, the room should be ready. Good luck! Read Less
Sail Date: April 2018
I went with 14 women, we wanted a fun at a economical price... Myself, my room mate, and our friends next to us along with several other people from our side of the Ship heard banging noise on the side of the Ship Day and night..Kept ... Read More
I went with 14 women, we wanted a fun at a economical price... Myself, my room mate, and our friends next to us along with several other people from our side of the Ship heard banging noise on the side of the Ship Day and night..Kept us awake during the whole cruise.. We complained 3 times.. Our friends were able to move to another cabin. Customer service claimed that they didn't have another room to move us, instead they compensated us with a beach towel, and a robe... That didn't help us sleep any better. There were a lot of kids on board, running up and down the hall ways, playing in the elevators, and had full control of the Jacuzzi.. Unsupervised by their parents. Again for 4 days weren't able to use the Jacuzzi.. On the plus side, the dining and food was wonderful, our waiters, Christian Villaflor, Larry Caballes, and Made Mudita were wonderful.. So was our cabin attendant Sharon was always friendly, smiling and called us by name.. I only had 1 drink in 4 days, but was charged $82.22 including tips.. something is wrong there too..would like a reply from Carnival.. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: April 2018
The cruise was really good. Clean Ship great food and passengers. We had a great time meeting other people and getting to enjoy the activities. Keep a good attitude and have fun. We also had the Faster to the Fun, which cost extra ... Read More
The cruise was really good. Clean Ship great food and passengers. We had a great time meeting other people and getting to enjoy the activities. Keep a good attitude and have fun. We also had the Faster to the Fun, which cost extra per cabin. This allowed us to have the wrong available to us early, so when we got there the room was available to us. It also allowed us to disembarked first when we arrived back to long beach. The bags made it to our room pretty quickly so that was a plus. Catalina iIsland was amazing so i do recommend that. Ensenada was also good. I do recommend the carnival excursion to La Bufadora. The ship was really clean no incidents and going to ge food was pretty easy and we had no issues getting tables (we had the anytime dinner) The entertainment was also great. the have a lot of activities for you. The Divas and Rock Show was great. So if you can go to the show. please make it. Good times all around Read Less
Carnival Imagination Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 3.5 4.1
Dining 4.0 3.7
Entertainment 4.0 3.6
Public Rooms 4.0 4.0
Fitness Recreation 4.0 3.8
Family 4.5 3.8
Shore Excursion 3.0 3.7
Enrichment 3.0 3.2
Service 4.0 4.2
Value For Money 5.0 4.0
Rates 3.0 4.3

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